Minutes for Union Meeting August 6, 2008


Meeting called to order 7:01 p.m.

Thanks to Ismael Lemus for the food and drinks at tonight’s meeting.

1) All present except for Financial Sec-Treasurer Beth Parsons and Kevin Abernathy.

2) Minutes the July meeting. Motion to dispense with reading the July Minutes and accept them as written and distributed. Motion by Mike Hotovy. 2nd. by Shearly Shawn. Motion carries.


A) Next union meeting is Sept.3, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. ( Nominations for officer positions and Delegates for the 2009 State Convention.) Please put in writing to our recording secretary , Tom Preston, your willingness to run if nominated.

B) Next Executive Board meeting is Wed. Aug. 27 at 6:30pm.

C) Next Steward’s Meeting is Wed. Aug.13 at 6:30pm.

D) Grievances of note. Read at meeting.

E) NALC Bulletin dated July 11, 2008. Read at meeting. Talked about Convention and also early outs. OPM will not comment about early outs.

F) Clockrings after 18:00. Please let your Shop Stewards know.

G) Please consider signing up for COLCPE. Read Dowdy’s fax at tonight’s meeting. Our COLCPE coordinators are Hugh McElroy, and Shearly Shawn. Their plans are to promote COLCPE at the picnic.

H) MWC CSA EAF letter dated July 18, 2008 and the newsletter. Read at meeting. Thanking us for the $1,500.00 donated to their charity (CSA.)

I) Thanks to Chuck Clark, our website is www.nalc3825.com . Any comments or suggestions?

J) Letters dated July15, 2008 reverting route 051004. It’s Gone. Broken up.

K) Call back /unauthorized overtime settlement. Passed out and read at meeting.

Kathy McKirchy- Coordinator of the CSA (Community Services Agency) and Jos Williams- President of the Metro Labor Council with affiliated Unions that represent 150,000 workers in the D.C. area will be at our Sept. Union meeting.

M) NALC Bulletin dated July 22, 2008. Read at meeting. Talks about the NALC endorsement of Obama. Also spoke of the grim outlook of the working class because of the decline of Union's. COLA is at $1,330.00.

N) NALC Bulletin dated July 24, 2008. Read at meeting. Sombrotto statue dedicated, APWU President addressed the National Convention for the first time.

O) NALC Bulletin dated July 29, 2008. Read at meeting. Next National Convention 2010 Anaheim Ca. Also, talked about route evaluations and contracting out.

4) Application for Membership- 3 People whose names will be read next Month.

6) Committee Reports

A) Picnic update. George Abid gave a brief report on the Branch picnic to be held on August 10.

B) MDA Chairperson, Shearly Shawn discussed the bowling fundraiser held on 06-28-08. Tim Whitfield raised $205.00, Steve Woltz raised $60.00. Shearley said that all of the totals were not in yet.

7) MBA Report- None

8) Health Benefits Report-None

9) New Business

A) Convention sum up. Les Gaynair, Shearly Shawn, and Dominick Lignelli spoke about the strike fund and the way it was handled at the convention.

B) Passed out article by Tom Cleer on FSS. Read at meeting.

C) Green Routes. Basically walk out routes.

D) Minutes from Rockville’s Good-Faith meeting. Read at meeting The new OIC L.D. requested to have this meeting. Achieved many objectives including immediate Union time without having to request it.

E) By-Laws update. George Abid said we will send to National by end of this month.

F) Minor route adjustment letter dated 5-22-08 from the District Office. 3999’s were being conducted by contractors at Rockville’s Main Office. It now appears that we have thwarted their attack for the foreseeable future. (Same Carrier on route and the word “May” in 141.19 of M-39.) Mgt. also wanted to abolish the router time at Potomac.

G) Motion to excuse Mike Butz from the July meeting by Tom Preston. 2nd. by Ismael Lemus. Motion carries.

H) Motion to excuse Raj Babra from meeting by Steve Klein. 2nd. by Clay Baldwin. Motion carries.

I) Motion to excuse Mike Shawn and Beth Parsons from meeting by Shearly Shawn. 2nd. by Mike Butz. Motion carries.

J) Motion to excuse Kevin Abernathy from meeting by Sergio Lemus. 2nd. by Mark Baker. Motion carries.

K) Motion to excuse Tim Bonnett from meeting by Les Gaynair. 2nd. by Greg Brooks. Motion carries.

L) Motion to excuse Bert Weisner from meeting by Greg Brooks. 2nd. by Mike Curley. Motion carries.

10) Improvement of Service.- None

11) Good of the Association.- None.

12) Treasurer’s Report. Read at meeting by Mike Butz. Motion accept by Mike Butz. 2nd. by Mathew Ackah. Motion carries.

13) Motion to Adjourn. Motion to Adjourn by Shearly Shawn. 2nd. by Clay Baldwin. Motion carries Meeting Adjourned at 8:37 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,

Thomas A. Preston

Recording Secretary, NALC Branch 3825